Controllers http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8228/more en Motor-Drive Controllers http://machinedesign.com/controllers/motor-drive-controllers <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2014/06/ElectroCraft-Pro-Series-Controllers.gif" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />A new range of motion-control products, PRO Series motor-drive controllers, includes brushless motor drives, stepper-motor variants, and linear actuators. The products all feature a fully integrated drive with high-performance closed-loop control, programmable digital sequence engine, configurable analog and digital I/O, and deterministic real-time communications.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/motor-drive-controllers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/motor-drive-controllers#comments Controllers Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:57:00 +0000 38571 at http://machinedesign.com Electronic Controller http://machinedesign.com/controllers/electronic-controller <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2014/05/Rexroth-RC4-5-BODAS-controller.gif" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />THE BODAS 32-bit RC4-5 controller offers a balance of power and flexibility to maximize hydraulic component and overall system performance. The controller is powered by an 80-MHz, 32-bit TriCore chip that combines computational power with flexible inputs and outputs in a shielded aluminum package.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/electronic-controller" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/electronic-controller#comments Controllers Thu, 22 May 2014 21:14:00 +0000 37661 at http://machinedesign.com Real-time Ethernet for Mobile-Equipment Controls http://machinedesign.com/controllers/real-time-ethernet-mobile-equipment-controls <div class="field-byline"> SARI GERMANOS, Technology Marketing Manager and SEAN GRIEVE, Business Development Manager, Mobile Automation, B&amp;R Industrial Automation, Roswell, Ga. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Mobile equipment is getting more high tech, and it’s taxing the limits of conventional control networks. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Construction, mining, and agricultural machines have become amazing platforms of mobile automation. GPS, for instance, is quickly becoming ubiquitous for everything from grade control on dozers and variable-rate seeding in precision farming, to fleet-management operations and starter-disabling and geo-fencing features that substantially lower the risks of equipment theft and misuse.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/real-time-ethernet-mobile-equipment-controls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/real-time-ethernet-mobile-equipment-controls#comments Construction/Off-road Controllers Thu, 15 May 2014 14:02:00 +0000 37501 at http://machinedesign.com Single-axis drive/controller http://machinedesign.com/controllers/single-axis-drivecontroller <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2014/04/Tolomatic_ACS-Drive-Controller.png" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />THE ACS stepper drive/controller for electric actuators comes in both servo and stepper control technologies. With built-in configurations for electric actuators, linear motion is easily created in the desired linear units (mm or inch).</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/single-axis-drivecontroller" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/single-axis-drivecontroller#comments Controllers Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:19:00 +0000 36531 at http://machinedesign.com Miniature contactors http://machinedesign.com/controllers/miniature-contactors <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2014/04/AutomationDirect-Weg-Contactors.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 214px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />The CWC Series of miniature contactors, for switching and controlling motors, take up less space inside electrical enclosures while still offering 15 hp @ 460 V.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/miniature-contactors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/miniature-contactors#comments Controllers Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:05:00 +0000 36461 at http://machinedesign.com That’s entertainment: State-of-the-art controls for state-of-the-art shows http://machinedesign.com/controllers/s-entertainment-state-art-controls-state-art-shows <div class="node-body article-body">Picture a Las Vegas show where performers fly through the air or do backflips on moving platforms. Ten years ago, controls handling the advanced equipment involved in these feats were likely to look a lot like the programmable-logic controllers (PLCs) found on packaging lines or assembly operations. Today, that situation has changed dramatically. High-end theatrical productions are typically orchestrated by specialized software packages running on PC hardware that, in their own way, are the equal of the electronics running industrial processes.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/s-entertainment-state-art-controls-state-art-shows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/s-entertainment-state-art-controls-state-art-shows#comments Controllers Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:57:00 +0000 34391 at http://machinedesign.com In-line flow controls http://machinedesign.com/controllers/line-flow-controls <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2014/02/Clippard-PQ-Controls.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 179px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />PQ-FV in-line flow controls use a tube-to-tube connection that can be installed as a meter-in or meter-out device. The PQ-C elbow controls are for lightweight applications when mounting directly to an NPT port on a cylinder or valve is required.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/line-flow-controls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/line-flow-controls#comments Controllers Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:28:00 +0000 34071 at http://machinedesign.com Cartridge Heaters http://machinedesign.com/controllers/cartridge-heaters <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Hotwatt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What are cartridge heaters? How are cartridge heaters made? What options are available on cartridge heaters?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/cartridge-heaters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/cartridge-heaters#comments Design FAQs Controllers Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:49:00 +0000 33931 at http://machinedesign.com Basics of industrial network-management software http://machinedesign.com/controllers/basics-industrial-network-management-software <div class="field-byline"> Mark Cooksley, Belden Inc. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Networks on the factory floor are not only spreading but are now complicated enough to need special network-management software able to help troubleshoot problems and keep automation equipment online. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Ethernet is becoming ubiquitous on factory floors. Expectations are, for example, that Ethernet nodes in the process industries will nearly double over the next few years. The market research firm IMS Research, Englewood, Colo., thinks the number of industrial Ethernet nodes in process industries will rise to 8.7 million units in 2016, nearly doubling in a span of just a few years. &ldquo;Networking is becoming more of a commodity, which means that remote monitoring and control is more accessible.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/basics-industrial-network-management-software" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/basics-industrial-network-management-software#comments Controllers Wed, 08 Jan 2014 17:27:00 +0000 33301 at http://machinedesign.com Sensor bus controller http://machinedesign.com/controllers/sensor-bus-controller <div class="node-body article-body">The Flexi Loop safety controller node can cascade up to 32 safety switches and OSSD safety sensors onto one loop &mdash; independent of the manufacturer. The Loop uses a single cable with an M12 plug to connect e-stops, sensors, switches, lamps, pushbuttons, and interlocks. This modular safety concept integrates all common fieldbuses, including Ethernet/IP, CANopen, DeviceNet, and Profinet IO. Diagnostic data about each of the sensors connected to the loop can be shared via these gateways.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/sensor-bus-controller" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/sensor-bus-controller#comments Controllers Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:49:00 +0000 33101 at http://machinedesign.com